Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA
Our photographer Natalie recently took the portraits of the celebrated British-Nigerian Artist Yinka Shonibare in his East London studio overlooking Regent’s Canal.
Yinka is known to many Londoners for his giant ship-in-a-bottle he created in 2010 for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
He is also known for using African wax cloths that he came across whilst visiting a shop in Brixton and they have been a constant part of his artistry – not because the fabric is authentically African but precisely because it is not. The Indonesian inspired fabric was first mass-produced in Holland and then sold on to West Africa from Europe.
The assignment from Dagens Nyheter was in relation to his latest work “Wind sculpture in bronze” that was placed in Stockholm in a ceremony attended by Yinka and inaugurated by Prince Daniel.